Gillings School of Global Public Health


New Survey Will Determine Whether and How Zika Affects Plans for US Travelers

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International will collaborate to determine whether and how Zika virus is affecting plans for U.S. travelers. Co-principal investigators of the effort are Jim Herrington, executive director of the Gillings Global Gateway® and UNC professor of the practice of health behavior, and Linda Squiers,… Read more »

Dilshad Jaff

Researchers at UNC Conclude Hookah Smoking Is Public Health Threat in Kurdish Region of Iraq

A commentary by two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers concludes that hookah smoking is an emerging threat to public health globally, especially in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Dilshad Jaff, research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings School’s Gillings Global Gateway, and… Read more »

Nora Franceschini

Study Finds Variant that Confirms Shared Genetic Risk for Kidney Disease Among Hispanics, American Indians

A new study has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians. The study extends earlier work by the authors, published Sept. 20, 2016, in  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The research reported certain African-ancestry variants… Read more »


Aaron Williams, RTI Executive, Former Peace Corps Director, Selected as Gillings’ Commencement Speaker

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced the keynote speaker for the School’s spring 2017 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 1 p.m. in UNC’s Carmichael Arena. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, in Research Triangle… Read more »


Cuba Offers Example for Countries Striving to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of Syphilis, HIV

Cuba was the first country in the world, and, as of August 2016, remained the only country in the Americas, to receive official validation from the World Health Organization for having eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both syphilis and HIV. Lola Virginia Stamm is associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Mark Sobsey in his lab at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aquagenx Compartment Bag Tests Used for Water Quality Monitoring in Rural Myanmar

The Aquagenx water quality test kit, which was developed by a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, allows users to conduct on-site E. coli testing without access to electricity. Mark D. Sobsey, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering in the Gillings School, designed the Aquagenx Compartment Bag… Read more »

Ralph Baric

UNC, Duke-NUS Team Identifies First Step to Neutralizing Zika

As the Zika virus spreads throughout the world, the call for rapid development of treatment rings loud and clear. Taking a step further in identifying a possible therapeutic candidate, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke-NUS Medical School (a collaboration between Duke University and the National University of Singapore)… Read more »